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The Koshery restaurant drops kosher certification


On Wednesday, July 21, just three months after it opened its doors, The Koshery restaurant in Tampa, decided to drop its kosher certification.

The owners of the Israeli-style restaurant cited the higher cost of kosher goods and restrictions on opening on weekends as contributing factors to the decision.

The owners plan on changing the name as soon as possible.

“I wish we were able to succeed, there was just not enough income to remain under the kosher regulations,” said co-owner Yosi Chefran.

Two couples, Avihai and Liat Maman and Yosi and Becca Chefran, both with ties to Israel, opened The Koshery on Howard Avenue in the heart of the SoHo district.

The couples teamed up Rabbi Uriel Rivkin and Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, who expressed their desire to see a kosher restaurant open up in Tampa and to provide the dietary supervision. But the owners were unable to tame the expenses of keeping the restaurant up to the kosher standards.

“It became too expensive for the owners to keep buying meat from the kosher wholesaler in Miami,” said Rabbi Rivkin.

“I was disappointed, I put in so many hours, I was hoping it would work out,” said Rabbi Rivkin. “I think they showed us the potential this area had, there might be another kosher restaurant within 10 years.”

Along with the extra cost of the kosher products, Chefran said, “either we had to work Friday and Saturdays or I had to close my restaurant.”

The owners said they are grateful to Rabbi Rivkin and Rabbi Dubrowski for providing the rabbinical supervision without being paid.

“We thank the rabbis for their efforts, they were very supportive and we appreciate everything they’ve done for us,” said Chefran.

The owners also thanked the Jewish community for their support.

“We appreciate the community, each and every person who has dined at our restaurant and said such beautiful things about it,” said Chefran, “ We are sorry about the decision that had to be made but we had to keep the restaurant open.”

The Koshery, located at 931 S. Howard Ave., is now open daily from noon to 10 p.m.

“I would hope that people still support us and the Israeli-style of our food, our hope was and still is to sustain a restaurant that offers delicious Israeli food, wonderful service, and a great dining experience to the Tampa bay community,” said Chefran.

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